August 2011-
I am starting a 29-Day Challenge to give one gift each day and see how it affects my life. I have always considered myself a giver, but I feel this challenge will challenge and focus me on giving more. I was inspired by the book 29 Gifts: How a Month of Giving can Change your Life. I ran across it 2 years ago in a bookstore in Springfield, MO, and I titled a piece of paper 29 Gifts. I found that same piece of paper the other day, and I saw it as a sign to start the challenge. You can learn more about the book and challenge at

After 1 month of giving, I have continued this challenge in giving and sharing the stories with others. Hope you enjoy reading about my adventures with giving!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Day 34: Benefit Run

Today my gift was running in a Benefit Run in Junction City along the Riverwalk to raise money for an eight year old with disabilities to obtain a service dog.  It was so inspiring being able to meet CJ and his family.  They were all so thankful for the donations and those who participated in the 5K.  In this life, there are so many opportunities to raise money for the causes you believe in.  I think running in these sort of races is such a great gift to myself and others.  I feel great when I get to participate in an event to help someone else, and it is a great way to stay healthy!  Find a cause you believe in and get involved today either by raising money, running in a 5K, or volunteering.  Get involved!

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